It's a dragonfly! It's a mouse! No, wait ... It's Neko Flies!
Shiny and winged, it flies through the air at the speed of light and lands in an obscure location, somewhere near a window or the baseboards. It then promptly creeps across the floor and levitates onto furniture, no sooner landing before taking off in flight again. It twists and turns with haphazard movements, bouncing and spinning, going like a boomerang from one side of the room to the next.
Then it magically transforms into a small and furry creature, zipping across the floor in rapid zigzagging motions before bounding into the air in a desperate fury to escape. It leaps from floor to table to sofa, making few stops in between. It runs from one side of the room to the next, dragging its furry body up backs of furniture and skipping along the walls.
The captive audience dances, spins, twirls and leaps, almost mimicking the motions of these intruders. Gracefully leaping over furniture, they spin in the air, swatting, chasing, pulling and tugging in a desperate attempt to catch the critter. Backs arch, tails puff up, hair stands on end, pupils dilate, and ears point up in high alert. The sounds in the room are abundant, ranging from high pitched cries to deep rumbles, growls, and everything in between. No hunting tactic is left behind! The stakes are high as the predators are on the prowl!
The one sound that’s missing is the sound of terrified humans. No one is ducking or screaming to get away from the dragonfly. No one is cringing or jumping on a chair to escape the path of the mouse. Instead the room is filled with joy and laughter because these intruders, these creepy critters, are actually attached to a wand!
You may be having the same thoughts that I did initially. Great. Another cat wand toy that will pique their interest for a few minutes and quickly become nothing more than an annoying contraption I’m dangling in front of my cats’ bored faces. Boy, was I wrong!
Neko Flies are very different cat toys. My cats were and remain completely captivated. It grabs their attention at a moment’s notice, so much so that I actually have to hide it from them when not in use for fear that they’ll destroy it! This is a smart idea anyway. These toys are designed as cat teasers and shouldn’t be left out as chew toys for your kitties. The fact that this safety information is on the packaging stepped up my opinion of the company more than one notch!
My cats can be quite picky about what tickles their fancy where cat toys are concerned. You probably know the feeling! For years, in fact, the best cat toys have been empty boxes or balled-up pieces of paper. Rarely do I find an interactive cat toy that is exciting to them when they first play with it AND withstands the test of time. But Neko Flies does both.
Neko Flies interactive cat toys seem to truly mimic the critters they are designed to represent, at least in my cats' eyes, which was exactly what creator Ellen and her kitties Nekochan, Chiquita, Timmy and Bubba were trying to accomplish. From the shiny, tin wings on the Kragonfly to the furry body and tail of the Kittenator, these critters were clearly designed with nearly flawless representation of the actual prey the cats would chase in the wild. Because the toys both look like the real deal and are designed to have realistic movements, the cats treat them as though it they are pursuing real live prey.
I tried out the Neko Flies wand and two of the 7 attachments the company offers on a total of 13 cats. What a fun weekend! Mio, my cat that has real killer instincts in his blood, growled and snorted as we had a very intense game of tug-of-war, refusing to give up and finally leading me off into another room as if I were on a leash! You can see this in the kitties' video review. No matter what I do, I cannot convince him that these are not live prey!
Tiger also likes to grab it with his teeth, growl, shake it, and try to walk off with it. Snowball enjoys leaping into the air in pursuit of the flying creatures while Zero, Calvin, and Milo enjoy just batting it around. They are very senior citizens so that's understandable. Peggy was so mesmerized with it that he jumped onto a climbing tree that he has always been afraid to put even a toe on and then stayed there playing with it. I will continue using it to help him with his fear so that he will stop jumping from the floor to a high window and will, instead, use the climbing tree to get to his favorite hangout.
Coco and Peggy both cry for it when another cat is playing with it because they want it so desperately. Regardless of how long I let my cats play with the Neko Flies, they don't want to stop. That has not been the reaction by my cats to any other cat toys I have ever brought home. They either completely ignore most cat toys or play with them once then quickly grow tired of them.
My cats have been fortunate enough to get to play with the Kragonfly, Kiticatterfly, Kattipede, Foxifur or Original Kittenator attachments, and
each attachment has kept my cats engaged, helped them get great exercise, and
helped us all bond with fun play time. They even enjoy playing together,
forming circles around the toy and “taking turns” swatting, biting, and leaping
at their prey! And, after seeing the enjoyment level from the five attachments I do have, I am certain that they would love the Kittycada and Katarantula attachments as well!
The safety features of cat toys are very important to me. As a feline vet for over 20 years, I have seen the worst that can happen when a cat ingests a foreign body or is otherwise injured. Tiger, in particular, works hard at trying to detach the furry tip of the Kittenator, but is unsuccessful because of the sturdy construction. I was delighted to find that all body parts are attached securely, an important feature for the many cats that engage in very rough play. Wings and tails, even though they look realistically fragile, will not tear easily due to the PVC material from which they are constructed. The different parts of the toys are fashioned in such a way as to protect cats when flicking the toy, too. It is also extremely important to keep toxins away from cats as they are very sensitive to so many things. Neko Flies are constructed from synthetic and natural materials, using a very minimal amount of non-toxic glue.
These cat and kitten toys have safety features for humans, also! The long, durable rod handle made it easy to play with my kitties safely as their claws came out in an incredibly cute effort to capture their "prey". Instead of worrying about my hands being caught in the crossfire, I could focus on watching their tails puff up and backsides wiggle as each cat tried feverishly to attack the toy.
I would recommend these interactive cat toys to everyone who has a cat of any age. I have cats of all ages and from the youngest (about 5 years old) to the oldest (15-18 years of age), they all are crazy about the Neko toys. I jokingly have said many times that the Kittenator must be so named because it turns even the oldest cats into kittens again! If you look at the orange cat in the video that is running crazily in circles trying to catch the Kittenator, you will see what I mean. Bobby is 15 years old! His two 15-year-old brothers prefer to just bat at it while lying down or follow its path with bobbing heads (which you will also see in the videos), but with an interest that I have never seen them display for any other cat toys.
Despite all my favorable comments about Neko Flies, there are a couple of problems with this line of toys. The first is that I now feel guilty every minute that I am sitting and working on my computer instead of playing with my cats and their Neko Flies interactive cat toys. The second is that they dramatically add to that guilt by sitting and staring at me while I'm working, making it clear that they are impatiently waiting for the next time I let the furry mouse and the soaring dragonfly out of the cabinet where they live.
I'm not the only one, and my cats certainly aren't the only ones, who are crazy for Neko Flies, either! Check out what author and radio show host Tracie Hotchner has to say about these great toys!